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Cyprus Island Information Geography

Middle East, island in the Mediterranean Sea, south of Turkey

Geographic coordinates:
35 N, 33 E

total: 9,250 km2
water: 10 km2
land: 9,240 km2

Area - comparative:
about 0.6 times the size of Connecticut


648 km

Mediterranean with hot, dry summers and cool winters

Central plain with mountains to north and south
(Troodos and Pentadaktylos). Scattered but significant plains along southern coast

Natural resources:
copper, pyrites, asbestos, gypsum, timber, salt, marble, clay earth pigment.

Elevation extremes:
lowest point: Mediterranean Sea 0 m
highest point: Olympus 1,951 m

Land use:
arable land: 10.81%
permanent crops: 4.32%
other: 84.87% (2005 est.)

Irrigated land:
400 km2 (2003 est.)

Environment - international agreements:
party to: Air Pollution, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution
signed, but not ratified: Air Pollution-Persistent Organic Pollutants

Geography - note:
The third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea




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